Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

For Colored People: The Coming Out Story of LGBTQ+ People of Color
by Johnson, Manson Nyshon, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2019, 97; 13886226
Abstract (Summary)

This research journeys through the coming out stories of LGBTQ+ persons of color. It seeks to give light to the persons of color coming out due to there being a lack of representation of LGBTQ+ persons of color coming out stories. This research also aims to deconstruct heterosexual normative terms like “the closet” that LGBTQ+ are put into and that impose coming out on LGBTQ+ people but not on heterosexual people. Data was collected through one on one interviewing which was saved by audio recording and then transcribed. The participants in this study are known members or identify themselves as a person of color and are part of the LGBTQ+ community. All participants are 18 and older. The theoretical frameworks that guided the research are queer of color critique, intersectionality, and queer theory. The result of this research will show how persons of color with various backgrounds have to come out as well and it can be harder at times. This research will also try and aid in deconstructing this societal closet so that being part of the LGBTQ+ community is a norm like being a heterosexual.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Baker, Beth
Commitee: Mattheis, Allison, Ngin, ChorSwang
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sexuality, Gender studies, Ethnic studies, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Coming out of the closet, Intersectionality, LGBTQ+, People of color, Queer of color critique, Queer theory
Publication Number: 13886226
ISBN: 9781085606882
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